Friday, July 6, 2018

4th of July | A Mid-Week Break

July 3-4, 2018

Independence Day fell on a Wednesday this year, squarely in the middle of an average work week, so I found myself with oddly placed time off between work days. We had a half day on Tuesday and all of Wednesday off; since I ride public transportation to work my commute takes a while, and I didn't want to waste a trip downtown for just a half day. I walked over to Georgetown for kale and potato tacos and strawberry basil shrub from Chaia, doughnuts from District Doughnuts, and horchata from Baked & Wired (life changing), and finally saw Oceans 8 (which I genuinely enjoyed) after work on Tuesday afternoon, determined to fit as much into my unexpectedly free half day as possible.

Wednesday, the actual holiday, was even more relaxed. My roommate and I were petsitting for a friend of hers, so we had two adorable dogs (aka fluffy angels) staying with us for a few days. The friend brought them over early on the 4th, and we spent most of the day snuggling up with the dogs on the couch, reading books, and watching movies. In the late afternoon I headed over to a friend's house for pizza, another friend's house for beer and games (minus the games -- I'm not a beer pong person), then onward to the Marine Corp Memorial in Rosslyn to watch the Mall fireworks. We met up with more friends along the way and shared blankets to sit on and conversations topics to muse over. Though I was in D.C. last July 4th I was at a cookout at a friend's house down near Mount Vernon so I hadn't seen the big fireworks show, so this year I made the effort to see them in person.

Though it seems most of the District's residents leave town on the 4th -- and honestly now that I've spent two Independence Days in the city I may join suit in the future -- it was nice to be in the capital on the day of the country's birthday and join in on the fun. 

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